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't be more different. >>> outside washington in a virginia hardware store, no ties, no pledging, and according to the white house, no new ideas. >> i think john boehner said and i think most of the american people will see that this is very much in line with what the republican party has proposed for the past many years. >> so does robert gibbs have a point? >> not going to be any different than what we've been. we are going to stand up for those things we believe in. >> you expect democrats and republicans not to get along. the real shocker tonight is how much criticism the pledge is getting from republicans, especially tea party conservatives. here to talk this over and more, cnn contributor ericer ixson. editor in chief of and author of "red stateup rising." cornell bulcher. democratic mayor of los angeles. antonio. and republican strategist, rich galen. i want to start with you, erick, if you will allow us to skip you, mr. mayor, for a moment. erick erickson has gone after this pledge calling it pablam. others have called it a pledge to do nothing. >> i think i
and maybe west virginia. i'm not predicting we're going to win all those but we're on offense and we will win a number of them. and we will be a more influential group in the next congress. >> the republican leader mitch mcconnell naming 13 democrats seats there, 13, if you're counting. when i asked him for his top ten list, let's start with california. here are the new voters out tonight. boxer, 48%. fiorina, the republican challenger, 44%. and if you look at the breakdown among democrats, independents and republican, you see in the middle, boxer, 45%, fiorina, 40%, among independent voters. john avlon, the republicans can say, hey, we're competitive in california, that's a plus, but heading into the stretch, they probably hoped it was a little better than that. >> think it's going to tighten up a little bit. you need to look at the boxer/fiorina race, also whitman versus brown in the gubernatorial race. if whitman has a strong push into the fall that could help fiorina with independents in particular. clearly, the republicans are running against headwinds in california. not a lot t
was much more polite this afternoon while explaining benefits to virginia voters. >> the single biggest driver of our deficit is the escalating cost of health care. it was bankrupting families, companies and our government. so we said we had to take this on. >> so we know just a little bit about open mics and you, the big question is whether they were talking about health care in that debate -- >> health care costs are an issue up in massachusetts. remember, they had the romney plan beforehand. interesting to see the president doing that. as you know this is one of the greatest white house frustrations. they thought they would get some political plus out of the health care plan. instead, americans are deeply divided. but the white house is hoping -- let's go over here and show some of the provisions of the new law take effect actually tomorrow and the white house is hoping that as people start to see these things, maybe they'll have a better feeling about the law. one of the things that takes effect, children can now stay on their parent's coverage up until age 26. you cannot be denied
't debate it in congress, but i am nominated to represent my people in west virginia, and that is what am doing. >> eliot, you were having fun, and as a democrat, it is your party that has the reputation as a circular firing squad, but what is happening in the democratic party right now in this debate of taxes and the broader possibility of the jitters of losing the majority? >> well, there is panic the democratic party and not because of the primary season where the republicans have taken the worst of it, but as we approach november, and the earlier session, why does public not trust government, it is impossible to think of something that government has done well this the past significant number of years, and given that the democrat party has both houses of the congress, clearly, they will be blamed. that is what people are worried about doing what nancy pelosi did, and get people to look back to the bush er, and say, wait, we are better than then rings hollow, so that the party is in a state of emotional disrepair. >> and on the road last week, gloria, you remember that, they have the s
wisconsin, iowa and virginia. senator susan collins says an inspector general report reveals the u.s. postal service which wants to raise stamp prices is wasting at least $800 million a year. >> the i.g. found stunning evidence of contract mismanagement at the collapses final waste and excessive executive perks. >> one perk collins cited the government picks up the full cost of health insurance for 835 top postal executives. >>> and congressional quarterly says a party of committees have compromised on what could become the first comprehensive law addressing cyber security but it probably won't pass this year and as i understand it, john, the "new york times" is also reporti ining today that the administration would like to wiretap encrypted communications, it's fascinating, but you have to wonder whether people even understand what it is. >> it is fascinating, i was e-mailing -- you can send blackberry messages or maybe you skype at home, maybe you peer to peer message with your friends at home on facebook what. the administration says it wants is power to wiretap to get wiretap power in ca
? the probability is no. there are other places, like west virginia and other places, that three weeks ago we never thought was on the radar screen so -- >> a big point everybody around her makes and some republicans who aren't so sure make is, wait a minute, you know, all of the idiots who say she can't win in november are the same idiots who said she couldn't win last night. >> right. >> first, i find it interesting that michael steele is making so much sense and he's now going against the same establishment that never liked him. and so what, now tea partiers are going to rally around steele? so, this is -- what's so intriguing about this whole deal is it sort of reminds me of democrats and alvin greene in south carolina. it's like, where did this person even come from? what is going on here? >> well, you know, they know where she came from because they spent a lot of money trying to defeat her. today, after telling all of us we're not going to give her a dime, suddenly today, right, they gave her $42,000, which is the max they're aloud. i talked to a senior republican strategist who's doing a lo
's get straight to this tax fight. president obama went out to the fairfield, virginia, doing a little town hall in a backyard. and he was making his case that the you should keep tax cuts for those families making $250,000 anbew, and those making more than that should pay more. number one, the president says that's only fair. number two, he says, we can't afford it because red ink. >> but we can't give away $700 billion to folks who don't need it a think somehow that we're going to balance our budget. it's not gog to hapn. >> one intere, ing int, freddy, to the democrat the first, in the audience, as the president did, that was the local congressman jerry conley. if you go to jerry conley's website, democrat,ni rrengior re-election, a little nervous. probably okay, but probably a little nervous. on his website, he's also a handful of democrats who support extending the bush taxes cut while the economy continues to recover, a position "the wall streu journal" calls reasonable. you have a president in the backyard with a congressman who disagrees with him. >> i think as the voters sta
to guam for a couple weeks. >> the same argument was used on the virginia race last year, the new jersey, massachusetts race last year. what they found is all those resources, all that money didn't make up for the intensity gap for the angry independents. >> if labor day is monday and that's the curtain raiser on the stretch of it, when you say how do i want to look at the map, what is your question? >> oh, my gosh. it would be, who comes out to vote? it all comes down to that. you know, when your chart doesn't have senior voters, we know in midterm elections, 40% of the electorate are seniors and they've never been a good group for barack obama. >> they've been trending more and more republican. you can go across the country and see the ads. will it work? >> seniors today are not the seniors of 30 years ago. the democrats keep treating seniors like they're the roosevelt seniors. they're not, they're the reagan seniors. so they react to them much differently and they're trying to go back to the old playbook. they need to rewrite the playbook. >> john, i'm struck by jim marshall. i wonder
you need to know right now. >> hey, john. virginia's governor has just rejected a clemency request for a death row inmate for a woman to be scheduled for execution. teresa lewis is now set to die by lethal injection thursday evening. >>> six men are under arrest in britain in connection with an alleged terrorist plot against pope benedict 16th. he is fine. today he became the first pope ever to pray in the westminster cathedral. >>> there are two storms to keep an eye on. hurricane karl is expected to cause torrential flooding and mexico. in the atlantic hurricane igor could hit bermuda late sunday >>> president obama sidestepped today by naming elizabeth warren. she'll set up the new government protection agency. >> from now on consumers will also have a powerful watchdog, a tough independent watchdogs who job it is is to stand up for their financial interests, for their families futures. >> john, it seemed like he avoided a side show. but sometimes, you know, avoiding the side show you end up getting a bitter side show. >> remember, there's a big fight over keeping the agency and
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